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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Smoking Rules Proposed

A group of State Duma deputies has introduced a bill that would ban smoking on all flights and place tough new restrictions on smoking in trains, public transport and restaurants, Interfax reported Monday.

The bill, sponsored by United Russia deputies Tatyana Yakovleva, Vladimir Medinsky, Nikolai Gerasimenko and Ivan Savvidi, consists of amendments to current federal regulations on tobacco use.

It would outlaw smoking on all flights regardless of duration, as well as severely restricting smoking in local and long-haul passenger trains, boats and in the waiting rooms at bus and train stations, where smoking would only be allowed in specially designated areas.

The bill also proposes smoke-free areas in public dining facilities.

Anyone caught violating the new rules would face a fine equivalent to 1,000 times the minimum wage, currently about 100,000 rubles (just over $3,800).

The deputies also want to extend the list of government buildings where smoking is restricted to special areas.

An unidentified Duma staffer told Interfax that the proposed measures "would allow [the government] to provide nonsmokers significant protection from the deleterious effects of tobacco smoke and to reduce the number of illnesses that arise as a result of passive smoking."

The bill is expected to come up for a first vote later this spring.